Ways to develop your skills and employability from home

In recent weeks the situation in the UK has been changing almost daily with the most recent advice being that we stay at home. Many of you would have been due to start internships and work experience opportunities over the Easter and summer breaks, which now might have been cancelled as a result of COVID-19. While this is really disappointing for you, the good news is, there are loads of online opportunities to get involved with and develop your skills!

The Engagement Opportunities Team have pulled together some remote and online-based opportunities that you can still get involved with.

Online volunteering

There are a host of online or remote volunteering opportunities for a variety of interests.


We’ve chosen a few of our favourites below, but you can filter and search myopportunities for many more online opportunities.

1. Translate an online coronavirus course from English with Alison

Alison is an online e-learning platform. They have created a free online course about the coronavirus, and they need help translating this from English into a variety of languages. Find out more about translating the Alison online course on myopportunities. 

2. Volunteer to record an open access audiobook with LibriVox

As a volunteer you’ll read and record chapters of books that exist in the public domain. These recordings are then made available for free on the internet for anyone to access and download. You don’t need any prior experience, won’t need to audition and it doesn’t require any special equipment. Find out how to volunteer with LibriVox on myopportunities.

3. Take part in vital conservation work by tagging animals with ZSL

ZSL’s Instant Wild gives you access to live recordings from amazing locations all around the world. Your job? Document the animals that you spot in the live videos. You don’t need any specialist knowledge as they have handy guides of the animals you’ll likely spot on their website. Start helping conservation online today with myopportunities.



There is a fantastic selection of online learning platforms where you can develop existing knowledge or broaden your horizons by learning a new topic or skill. Many of these are free to access and will see you learning with others from around the world, which is a great way to expand your perspectives.

Check out the new category ‘Skills Development and Training’ on myopportunities to find a selection of these online learning options.

Also, don’t forget that the next run of the Bristol Futures Open Online Courses starts in June. You can register your interest in joining a Bristol futures Open Online course here.

Make sure you check both myopportunities and mycareer regularly, as we’ll be regularly updating them with more remote opportunities for you to get involved, develop your skills and increase your employability.